2906, 2016

ENERGIZING GREEN SMOOTHIE: kale, bananas, berries, almond

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This green smoothie looks absolutely yummy! I love to use green tea in my smoothies when I can, I have a recipe on my smoothie recipe blog which uses matcha powder for my source of green tea goodness. I like it because I don’t have to brew anything which can often take up a lot of time, and I try to avoid using the off the shelf premade varieties of tea which tend to have a very stale taste. The other benefit to matcha powder is the fact that it uses the whole leaf, so you get the chlorophyll, fiber, and (more…)

2906, 2016

Kiwi and Mint Green Smoothie

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Hi, this Kiwi and Mint Smoothie is just the thing to perk you up and leave you feeling refreshed and ready to face the working week.

Fresh herbs not only bring great flavour, but some powerful nutrition too. I don’t reserve them for garnishes but add them in generous quantities to most of my meals, including smoothies! Mint is an obvious choice for a refreshing pick-me-up but I love basil, parsley and coriander as well.

Kiwi and Mint Smoothie

Kiwi and Mint Green Smoothie

Kiwi and Mint Green Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe kiwis
  • 1 large frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup coconut water
  • Handful of fresh mint leaves
  • Squeeze of lemon
  • Handful of spinach

Instructions

Add all ingredients to a high-powered blender and blend until smooth.

Add more coconut water/water to reach your desired consistency and ice if you like a frosty smoothie.

http://makefruitsmoothies.com/kiwi-and-mint-green-smoothie

Green food and drinks always make me feel good so I added a couple more green goodies to the mix- kiwis and a handful of spinach. I (more…)

2906, 2016

Energizing Green Smoothie

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Looking for a boost of energy?  This refreshing vegan green smoothie will give you the natural energy you need to start the day!  Just five ingredients and under five minutes to a healthier you!

I’m really starting to get into smoothies.  I used to stick with just one or two recipes for them, but the more I try, the more I love the variety they can offer!  Smoothies can be an awesome way to boost your morning, provide an afternoon pick-me-up or healthy evening sweet treat.  This year one of my cooking goals is to try many, many new smoothie recipes, so be prepared for lots (more…)

2504, 2016

Yogurt smoothie for weight loss

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Not only will the thickness of the smoothie kill your appetite but since Yogurt is loaded with calcium just like milk…

  • The Study shows you can lose 61% more fat and 81% more belly fat when adding yogurt to your diet because…
  • The calcium in yogurt helps you burn fat while limiting the amount of fat your body can make.

Not only did yogurt help the study participants lose more weight — the average weight loss was 14 lbs. — they were about twice as effective at maintaining lean muscle mass

Michael Zemel, PhD, professor of nutrition at the Univ. of Tenn.

604, 2016

Chocolate Almond Avocado Smoothie Recipe

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Rich, creamy, chocolaty, nutritious – what else can you ask for?

Avocados are one of the most popular ingredients in the smoothie recipes on my site. Nothing else brings the same thickness and creaminess. They also pair well with many other ingredients and offer a nice array of health benefits, which include:

  • Nutrient Absorption: Studies have shown the improved absorption of certain nutrients when consumed with avocados. I also like to include avocado in my salads for this same reason, and because they taste great.
  • Heart Healthy: The folate and unsaturated fat in avocados contribute to a healthy heart. The primary fatty acid in avocados, (more…)
604, 2016

Spring Dandelion Berry Smoothie Recipe

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Dandelion is at the top of my favorite things to harvest list. It’s loaded with nutrition and the whole plant can be used as food and medicine. It’s no longer a pesky weed in my book.

We all know how important green leafy veggies are for our health. Consuming ample amounts each day can be a challenge. What I love about wild edibles is that a little goes a long way. Let me explain.

Wild plants are more nutrient dense (contain more vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants) than commercially grown produce, even local and organic. This higher amount of nutrients is precisely what allows (more…)

604, 2016

Wild Berry Smoothie Recipe

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Why wild foods? They are much more nutrient dense than conventional, even local and organic, produce. Dandelion, for example, contains 7 times more phytonutrients than spinach. Wild berries have much higher antioxidant properties than their cultivated counterparts. Besides being more nutrient dense, wild foods are also lower in calories, taste great, and best of all, free!

At the time of writing this I’m a couple chapters into a fabulous new book on the subject: Eating on the Wild Side: The Missing Link to Optimum Health by Jo Robinson.

If you’re new to wild foods and foraging I recommend picking up a book on the (more…)

2003, 2016

Blueberry Breakfast Smoothie

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In my perennial search for the perfect smoothie, I stumbled upon this combination! Turns out to be the perfect breakfast.

The smoothie is packed with vitamins and fibres but with the flavor of a normal smoothie and just a little texture. Bingo! Now I could have named it “Purple Passion“, or even “Magenta Magic” would have done, but come on, it’s just liquid breakfast. So here’s a novel idea, why don’t I name it “Breakfast Smoothie“:)

Blueberry Breakfast Smoothie

Blueberry Breakfast Smoothie

Blueberry Breakfast Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1/2 to 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 cup low-fat yogurt
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 tbsp muesli
  • 1 cup milk
  • honey
  • ice cubes

Instructions

Where would I be without my blender? Got a great bargain on a Philips juicer a few days ago (bought it 60% off retail price), keep it on the kitchen counter right next to the blender now and use fresh juice in smoothies. Magic in a glass, I tell ya. But anyway, I digress!

Depending on how thick you like the smoothie, add 1/2 to 1 banana and 1/2 a cup blueberries.

Pour in 1/2 cup (low fat) yogurt.

I also threw in 1/4 tsp vanilla extract for a little extra flavor. You can also add a little extra sugar or honey if you like it sweet. I love the natural sweetness of the berries so I never add sugar.

http://makefruitsmoothies.com/blueberry-breakfast-smoothies

Author Kayotic Kitchen.

2003, 2016

Cereal Breakfast Shake

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The kid and I have a new favorite breakfast shake.

The first time I made this for him, he wasn’t really sure what to think. “Cereal in a milkshake is just weird, mom“, he whimpered as he sat there with a concerned look on his face, clenching his beloved Kellogg’s smacks box.

In all honesty, he’s a great sport and always willing to try my somewhat strange dinner concoctions or soup brews, but you don’t want to be messin’ with the kid’s cereal.

But then he tasted it… and loved every single sip.

 

Use vanilla extract.

 

Author Kayotic Kitchen

Cereal Breakfast Shake

Cereal Breakfast Shake

Ingredients

  • 2 bananas
  • 1/2 cup Kellogg’s honey smacks
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 10 ice cubes

Instructions

Pour 2 cups of milk in a blender. Feel free to use skim milk, mine was 2%.

Go for really ripe bananas. Starchy and sweet.

Pour in the vanilla extract.

Sprinkle in 1 1/2 to 2 tbsp sugar. This gives just enough sweetness for us.

I tried several kinds of cereal, but this one just works best.

Add 1/2 to 2/3 cup.

Add the ice cubes. You can also use frozen bananas instead of ice cubes.

Blend until the cereal has turned into teeny, tiny flecks.

http://makefruitsmoothies.com/cereal-breakfast-shakes

2003, 2016

Fresh Green Smoothie Recipe

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A virgin smoothie!

Not sure if it’s that healthy anymore with all the fruit juice, but it sure turned out to be one seriously tasty green smoothie. And that’s all that matters as long as there’s some extra vitamins lingering in the back ground.

Fresh Green Smoothie Recipe

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup spinach
1 small banana
1/2 avocado
juice of 1 lime
1 cup pineapple juice
1 or 2 tbsp honey
6 ice cubes

DIRECTIONS:

Washed and dried spinach is all the leafy green I can handle in a smoothie. Remove the stalks.

Peel and slice up the banana, add them to your blender as well as 1/2 an avocado and the lime juice.

Add 1 (more…)